How to Keep Stress Away in College

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By: Kathleen Woods

As students make their way through school, there may be feelings of being overwhelmed and overly stressed along the way. It is not healthy to let these thoughts consume the mind and make you feel like you “can’t do it anymore.” You may just need a boost of confidence or just a simple relaxing day. Here are a few ways to relieve stress and power through college. 

 

GO TO SLEEP!

In the first few weeks of college students are exposed to many different clubs, organizations, friend groups, social activities and more. As students start to meet new friends and gain new social habits, sleep schedules can be messed up in the blink of an eye. It may be possible to go to sleep at 3 a.m. and then wake up for an 8 a.m. lecture, yet it is practical? Shortening sleep can increase stress levels tremendously. It is important for adults to get seven to nine hours of sleep for best health. Being awake and alert is important for students to be able to absorb any information needed for class.

 

EAT WELL

College students are seemingly known for having a tight budget when it comes to food options, but that does not mean that it is impossible to eat healthy. A diet full of microwave meals and pizza for example can bring energy levels down fast. Our bodies do not absorb any energy from these meals or snacks, instead students should be eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains to keep energy levels up and stress levels down. 

 

EXERCISE

When students are loaded down with stress, exercise is most likely the last thing on their minds. It is scientifically proven that just four, twenty minute workout sessions a week can bring stress levels down. There are many options out there for what method of working out may work best, but anything from yoga, swimming, walking, lifting weights and anything else that gets your heart rate up can help. Take advantage of the many physical activity options offered on campus.

 

BREATHE

When stress comes into mind, just breathe. Sounds simple enough, right? Deep breathing exercises help calm the body and the mind to help relieve a great amount of tension. Try this exercise: inhale slowly through your nose, hold it for a few seconds and then exhale slowly through the mouth. This exercise in particular helps rid those shortened breaths that make the body feel anxious or stressed.